Start planning your cruise and book your excursions from Chania
Chania, on the Greek island of Crete, boasts a mountainous backdrop, a maze of old town alleys, and a 14th-century Venetian harbour. Beyond Chania, an MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, there are many sights to discover.
Explore archaeological wonders including the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the 16th-century Arkadi Monastery. Further afield, discover Cretan treasures including rural artisan wineries.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• The Renaissance Agia Triada Monastery
• Arkadi Monastery and Rethymno Town
• Knossos Palace
If you value amazing architecture and spiritual reflection, book an MSC Cruises excursion to the Agia Triada Monastery. This Byzantine beauty dates back to the 17th-century and is a glorious Greek Orthodox icon. Located on the green peninsula of Akrotiri, this quiet retreat rewards visitors with true peace of mind. Admire the beauty of the inner courtyard, which is fastidiously cared for. Afterwards, shop raki, wine, olive oil, and honey which is produced onsite by the monks. Then, return to beautiful Chania to see the Venetian harbour and admire the waterfront restaurants.
Enrich your holiday with an unforgettable MSC Cruises excursion to the Arkadi Monastery and Rethymno. Constructed during the Venetian period, Arkadi’s fortress-like walls house a majestic church, influenced by the Renaissance era. Journey through scenic landscapes to Rethymno, a port town noted for its Venetian harbour, lively taverns, historical lighthouse, and fine-grain beaches. Wander the old quarters and use some free time to enjoy shopping, dining, and drinking.
Be captivated by the Minoan Palace, an archaeological site, in the historical city of Knossos. Dating back to the late Bronze Age, it’s the setting for ‘Ariadne, Theseus, and the Minotaur’, the mythological Cretan story. Wander the palace’s ancient structure and discover a maze of 800 rooms. Then, journey to the harbour city of Heraklion where you’ll enjoy shopping, drinking, and tasty Greek food.